Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

CBC Lays Off Staff Country-Wide

CP | Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - CBC News is laying off 144 people across the country, shrinking English-language local services in a bid to shave $15 million from its opera...

Did All Canadian Networks Really Reject This Pro-CBC Ad?

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Business

The public interest group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting (FCB) says no major TV station owners in Canada are willing to run an ad it has produced cr...

CBC's Blind Spot in The Book of Negroes

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Adapted for the small screen, The Book of Negroes' Canadian debut occurs one month ahead of the U.S.A. premiere, appositely scheduled for Black History Month. As with any historical film depicting the bowels of inhumanity towards people of colour, it is an uneasy subject matter for the mostly lily-white CBC personalities.

Why I Left The CBC And Its Toxic Atmosphere

Linden MacIntyre | Posted 01.22.2015 | Canada
Linden MacIntyre

The CBC I'm leaving is a shadow of the CBC I joined. In 1976, I joined an institution which was a place for young Canadians to grow and, eventually, contribute to the country in diverse ways. I'm leaving a place where people struggle to survive professionally and, sad to say in many cases -- psychologically and emotionally. The difference can be explained to a very great extent by funding cutbacks driven largely by political hostility which has resulted in a hemorrhage of brains and talent from the corporation.

Has the CBC Violated the Broadcasting Act?

Barry Kiefl | Posted 01.22.2015 | Canada TV
Barry Kiefl

We only learned post facto that CBC planned on achieving its objectives for TV by stripping more than a quarter of the funding from its radio services. How? Fortuitously, another law came into effect in 2008 that required CBC and other broadcasters to provide financial data to the CRTC on their major radio and TV operations.

Liking 'Q' Isn't a Good Enough Reason to Side With Jian

Justin Beach | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada Music
Justin Beach

If the CBC has indeed fired an employee for private behaviour in the bedroom then Ghomeshi deserves the entire 50 million dollar settlement and those who made the decision at the CBC should immediately resign. If, on the other hand, there is a legitimate victim of a crime who is driven into hiding because people like a radio host, it will be a great miscarriage of justice by the Canadian public.

CBC Unveils Top Earners' Wages, But..

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Business

Four on-air employees at CBC/Radio-Canada earn more than $300,000, but the broadcaster won’t say which ones, arguing it would be a violation of the ...

Canadians Ready To Pay For CBC, CBC Says

CP | Melanie Marquis, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Business

GATINEAU, Que. - The heads of CBC/Radio-Canada have told the country's broadcast regulator that Canadians are ready to pay to get the broadcaster's co...

Why Is the CBC Trying To Crowdsource Its Own Vision?

D.K. Latta | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

I'm all for the CBC brass stepping out of their ivory towers and walking among the people, but I'd also like a sense they have a vision themselves. A vision that can be shaped by public feedback, perhaps -- but a vision nonetheless. Because if you ask a hundred people what they want from the CBC, you'll get a hundred different answers.

Canada Can't Afford to Cut Funding From the CBC

Toula Drimonis | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Business
Toula Drimonis

CBC and Radio-Canada staff across the country are bracing for deep cuts today, as the public broadcaster aims to respond to an estimated $100-million revenue shortfall in the next year. It's likely that some Canadians may be rejoicing at the news, but I am certainly not one of them. Their raison d'être is not simple distraction, it is to be universally accessible, contribute to a sense of national identity and community, and -- most importantly -- keep a safe distance from vested financial interests. What that means is you can't necessarily assess their worth based on numbers, but rather good programming. You think we can't afford to offer intellectually-nurturing programming in these tough economic times? I think we can't afford not to!

The CBC Is About To Shrink Big-Time

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business

CBC staff are preparing themselves for bad news Thursday when the broadcaster is expected to announce a major round of job cuts and reductions to serv...

'Dark Clouds' On CBC's Horizon, Internal Memo Says

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Business

As backers of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) struggled on Tuesday to convince a Senate committee that public backing of the broadcaster i...

The CBC Needs to Free Itself from Advertisements

Wade Rowland | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Business
Wade Rowland

If the CBC were to become an advertising-free service on both radio and television, as its supporters are demanding in ever-growing numbers, this fig-leaf rationale for unwarranted secrecy and arbitrary decision-making would be stripped away. A more truly accountable public broadcaster would be the result.

The Case Against Hockey on CBC Television

Wade Rowland | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada TV
Wade Rowland

In my view, the CBC simply cannot survive so long as it continues to rely on commercial sponsorship, and thereby makes itself essentially indistinguishable from its commercial competitors -- indistinguishable, and therefore irrelevant and unnecessary. And so, NHL hockey has to go. If it is true that by carrying NHL hockey the CBC is "bringing communities, and the nation, together," it will be unfortunate if the corporation has to abandon this opportunity in order to serve the greater purpose of becoming a true public broadcaster, one whose first priority is to serve citizens rather than advertisers.

The Private Industry Is As Rich As the CBC

Wade Rowland | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Business
Wade Rowland

For the better part of a century now, private broadcasters in Canada have been complaining that they are forced to operate in competition with a state-subsidized player, CBC/Radio-Canada and its predecessors. But in reality the subsidy provided to the private industry by government is just about the same size as the CBC's Parliamentary appropriation.

Watching the Watchdog: The Difference Between Public and State Broadcaster

Tim Knight | Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

So what's all this fuss the lefties are making about Prime Minister Harper trying to keep track of costs at the CBC by writing a few words into the back of his omnibus budget, Bill C-60? But what's the difference between a public broadcaster and a state broadcaster? I've worked for both. So I can tell you what's the difference.

Watching the Watchdog: Bill C-60 Does Canadians a Disservice

Tim Knight | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

I drink a toast to a man who believed passionately that journalism -- all journalism, but particularly journalism committed at a crown corporation like the CBC -- isn't just a job. That instead, it's public service. And that it's an honour to be a journalist -- particularly a CBC journalist -- and serve the people.

CBC To Up Its Game?

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The CBC is considering creating a customer "loyalty" program as it bleeds revenues from the NHL lockout and struggles with deep federal budge...

How the NHL Lockout Could Devastate the CBC

Ian Morrison | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada
Ian Morrison

The CBC is hooked on hockey and the NHL lockout could be just a bitter foretaste of the future for the national public broadcaster. Friends' calculates that the CBC will suffer a devastating financial loss of as much as $200 million annually if it loses the rights to Hockey Night in Canada in 2014 when its agreement with the NHL expires. All told, the loss of hockey would be much worse than the most recent round of cuts announced in the federal budget last March. It would amount to a game changer for our national public broadcaster. Friends is not proposing that CBC television drop hockey, but our national public broadcaster must prepare for this scenario, which could open new and exciting possibilities to operate more like a public broadcaster.

Rachel Mendleson

CBC Aims For Real Estate Selling Spree | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 06.07.2012 | Canada Business

The cash-strapped Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will tap into its rich real-estate portfolio to dull the pain of deep budget cuts, but president a...

Time to Privatize the CBC

Gerry Nicholls | Posted 12.21.2011 | Canada Politics
Gerry Nicholls

For this country's urban intelligentsia (the kind of people who think subsidizing Margaret Atwood books should take priority over buying military helicopters), a reduced CBC budget is more terrifying than a Don Cherry rant.

CBC Skating Away From Don Cherry After Hockey Violence Rant

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada

TORONTO - Other than using some colourful language, Don Cherry has no regrets about his recent rant on fighting in hockey.Speaking on his popular "Coa...

Althia Raj

CBC Cuts Could Be Deeper Than 10 Per Cent, Liberals Suggest | Althia Raj | Posted 11.29.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA –The CBC could see even deeper cuts than the 10 per cent reduction the Heritage Minister has discussed, federal Liberals suggested Thursday. ...

Althia Raj

Tories Seek Big Budget Cuts At CBC | Althia Raj | Posted 11.29.2011 | Canada Politics

Heritage Minister James Moore wants to slash CBC’s budget by 10 per cent, The Huffington Post has learned. Although a government decision is far ...